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Vietnam's major regional thrust for a malaria-free Asia Pacific by 2030
Vietnam signals greater regional leadership in malaria elimination by hosting health officials and experts to discuss challenges to achieving a malaria-free Asia Pacific by 2030. This week, Vietnam will host Ministry of Health officials from the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN); a gr...
25.03.2015 - 07:42 Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Pakistan Day Parade: A Sign of Determination
After seven years of the gap a joint Armed Forces Parade held on Pakistan Day at Islamabad. Last parade was held on 23 March 2008 during the tenure of General (Retired) Pervez Musharraf when he was holding the office as a civilian president. Troops, of three forces, strategic division, civil armed f...
24.03.2015 - 09:30 By Zaheerul Hassan
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New prices of canned fish & cement now live
As the industry players and suppliers gradually chipped in, Sri Lanka announced the reduced consumer prices of cement and canned fish are now live, as announced on 23 March-and calls were issued for more industry players to support the relief effort. “The interim budget of our government aimed at gi...
24.03.2015 - 08:11
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China woos Sri Lanka with more infrastructure projects: President Sirisena to visit Beijing this week
Sri Lanka of late seems to have begun walking a tightrope with a balancing stick, negotiating between China and India. Under tremendous pressure from New Delhi, Colombo cancelled the Chinese projects that made Beijing puzzled but it s seriously thinking of revising its diplomatic premises to advance...
24.03.2015 - 07:43 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Pakistan - Sri Lanka Friendship Firmly Standing on Pillars of Mutual Trust Respect: Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra
The Acting High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra said that the brotherly and time tested relationship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka are firmly standing on the pillars of mutual trust, respect and desire to promote friendship. The Acting Hig...
23.03.2015 - 14:29
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Sri Lanka arrests Indian fishermen, again!
Even as India and Sri Lanka are engaged in talks to resolve the issue of fishing by Indian Tamil Fishermen near Katchatheevu, Sri Lankan Navy has arrested some more Indian fishermen for allegedly poaching in Lankan sea waters, indirectly complicating the matter as Tamil Nadu government is annoyed a...
23.03.2015 - 09:21 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka elevated as Field Marshal, though the stigma of guilty verdict still remains
Sarath Fonseka elevated to the position of Field Marshal though the stigma of guilty verdict of ‘corrupt military supply deals,’ still remains even though he has been pardoned and political rights restored. Former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka has been promoted to the rank of Field Marshal...
23.03.2015 - 09:10
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Silvio Berlusconi: Italy’s comeback kid to revive political landscape
Ever since his acquittal two weeks ago by Italy’s top court of charges on paying for sex with a minor and then playing a key role in covering it up using its prime ministerial power, Silvio Berlusconi, 78, the former Italian prime minister, appears to have overcome the last hurdle in order to play a...
22.03.2015 - 10:35 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter From America: Are you surprised with Netanyahu’s statement?
The apartheid state of Israel had her Knesset election Tuesday where the Likud Party of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu captured 30 seats, more than any other party. It is very likely that Netanyahu will be invited by Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel, to form the new coalition g...
22.03.2015 - 07:02 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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India’s courtship of neighbors faces obstacles
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his five-day visit to three Indian Ocean island nations of Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka Sunday. Modi's visit came after Sri Lanka's new government announced the decision to suspend China's port project of $1.4 billion that broke ground in Septemb...
22.03.2015 - 06:58 By Dr. Liu Zongyi - Assistant Research Fellow with Shanghai Institutes for International Studies
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Cricket Ground issue dominates House, Yepthomi asked how Rs 8.29 crore got revised to Rs 74.83 crore
Leader of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Tokheho Yepthomi has for the third time raked up the issue of the construction of Cricket Ground at Sovima, near Dimapur urging Chief Minister TR Zeliang to constitute an “Inquiry Committee” to thoroughly investigate into the unprecedented escalation of the...
22.03.2015 - 06:33 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Nepal leading tobacco control in South Asia: Will it spiral domino effect on other nations?
South Asian region has very high levels of tobacco use, and thus not surprisingly, rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other tobacco related illnesses rage high. Nepal is in spotlight in South Asian region by demonstrating high commitment to tobacco control and also acting on the ground! R...
22.03.2015 - 06:17 By Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Two former Petroleum Ministers to be investigated
Action mooted to investigate two Petroleum Ministers of the previous UPFA Government regarding alleged of irregularities in issuing dealership licenses, oil deals and of number of other issues. Already Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has suspended a total of 37 Petroleum Dealership Licences issued by...
21.03.2015 - 09:50
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UK Introduces New Health Surcharge
From 6 April, nationals from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), coming to live in the UK for longer than six months will be required to pay a ‘health surcharge’ in order to gain access to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). Currently non-EEA nationals coming to work, study or join fami...
21.03.2015 - 08:58
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Nagaland heading for Opposition-less government; not healthy in democratic government
When press people asked Chief Minister TR Zeliang as to when he would fill the vacant Cabinet posts in his Council of Ministers. “Any time after the Assembly,” he told the good-tempered journalists who still wanted to know about the Congress’ joining his Ministry. The suave Chief Minister gave his f...
21.03.2015 - 08:13 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Progress made but work remains on firewalling health policy from tobacco industry
Considerable progress has been made in different countries globally in protecting public health policy from tobacco industry interference, but certainly lot more work needs to be done. 2012 World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) Declaration called on all governments to establish a national co...
21.03.2015 - 08:07 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Ruptures in US-Israeli relations: Arab nations should push for Palestine state through legal means
Unfortunately, like Israeli policy, US-Israeli relations also target Palestinians and other Arabs. Hence their relationship is not genuinely legal. There are visible ruptures in the “historic” US-Israeli relations in recent times, though President Obama and other US leaders as usual try to underpla...
21.03.2015 - 07:33 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Defense Attorney Namal Rajapaksa representing Lanka’s global brand credibility next
The new team-lead of Sri Lanka’s foremost global accreditation agency guarding its exports in international markets is a Defense Attorney cum former Presidential candidate-and he wants a stronger global trade role for his institution, as revealed on 18 March. “SLAB is playing an important role in sa...
21.03.2015 - 07:20
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President Srisena To Visit Indonesia in April
President Maithripala Sirisena has confirmed his participation at the 60th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference (AAC) and 10th Anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP) in Jakarta, Bandung (West Java), on April 22-24. According to Antara News the confirmation was rece...
21.03.2015 - 07:12
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Sri Lankan President commends Vietnam’s rapid agricultural growth
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said Vietnam’s rapid agricultural and industrial growth is a good example for other developing countries such as Sri Lanka to emulate. He said that Sri Lanka would like to follow the successful Vietnamese methods of utilization of modern technology to enhanc...
21.03.2015 - 06:57
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